Romney foreign policy adviser Richard Grennell has been forced out of his job. It seems like it’s an oversimplification to say that he was fired for being gay. Rather, it appears that the Romney campaign was targeted by the anti-gay right for hiring an openly gay, pro-marriage Republican. Romney then did what he always does– cowered and did what he thought the far right wanted. Some reporting:
It was the biggest moment yet for Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team: a conference call last Thursday, dialed into by dozens of news outlets from around the globe, to dissect and denounce President’s Obama record on national security.
But Richard Grenell, the political strategist who helped organize the call and was specifically hired to oversee such communications, was conspicuously absent, or so everyone thought.
It turned out he was at home in Los Angeles, listening in, but stone silent and seething. A few minutes earlier, a senior Romney aide had delivered an unexpected directive, according to several people involved in the call.
“Ric,” said Alex Wong, a policy aide, “the campaign has requested that you not speak on this call.” Mr. Wong added, “It’s best to lay low for now.”
One alternative theory, that the Romney campaign was unaware that Grennel had said vituperative things on his Twitter account, assumes too large a degree of incompetence on the part of the Romney folks. When hiring a spokesman, it seems to me that most folks would see what he’s been speaking about.
On personnel decisions, as on foreign policy statements, economic policy, the Ryan budget, etc., Romney simply opted to cave to the most ignorant and vehement segments of the Republican Party.